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With increasing demand for water it is important to find ways of conserving this valuable resource. Saving water in the garden can help lessen the risk of drought orders and water restrictions, help protect wildlife and reduce climate change impacts.

Top Tips for Saving Water in the Garden

  • Add SwellGel water storing granules to pots, tubs, hanging baskets, growbags to help keep compost moist.
  • Add SwellGel water storing granules when planting bedding, trees, shrubs, vegetables and hedging to ensure deeper root penetration into the soil to help maintain a healthy plant.
  • Line the sides of terracotta pots and hanging baskets with polythene to prevent evaporation.
  • If you water plants and shrubs too often their roots will remain shallow, weakening the plant. Leave them alone until they begin to show signs of wilting.
  • Water your garden in the cool of the early morning or evening, this will reduce the amount of water lost to evaporation.
  • Collect rainwater in water butts from your roof rather than wasting treated drinking water on your garden.
  • Use a watering can instead of a hosepipe when watering your plants and only water around the base of plants.
  • If you prefer to use a hosepipe, fit a trigger nozzle to control the flow.
  • Mulches such as wood chips, bark and gravel help to prevent water evaporation and also suppress weed growth, saving you both water and time spent weeding.
  • Regularly weed and hoe your garden to ensure that the watering is helping plants and not weeds.
  • Avoid using garden sprinklers, they can use as much water in an hour as a family of four uses in a day.
  • Plant flowers and shrubs that thrive in hot and dry conditions such as thyme, evening primrose, rock rose, Californian poppy, pinks, lavender, buddleia and hebes.
  • Don’t cut lawns too short and save clippings to use as a mulch.
  • Infrequent soaks will be more effective than frequent sprinkling as they will encourage roots to search for water deeper in the ground.
  • Greywater from baths and showers can be used to water non-edible plants, make sure you cool it before you use it and avoid pouring it straight on the foliage.